In the greatest sermon ever preached, The Sermon on the Mount, which begins with The Beatitudes, God reveals His definition of happiness. We believe this because the word "blessed," as used by Jesus, is interchangeable with the word "happy."
But, unfortunately, the word "blessed" has been altered by today's society. If things are going well, the bills are paid, the health is reasonably good, and there are no conflicts at home, one might feel that he is blessed. And indeed he is! But only a child of God knows what it means to be truly blessed. The nonbeliever has no idea what a real blessing is because the biblical definition of blessedness, or happiness, is much different than that of our culture.
Today's beatitudes might sound something like this:
• Blessed are the beautiful, for they shall be admired.
• Blessed are the wealthy, for they shall have everything they want.
• Blessed are the popular, for they shall be well-liked.
• Blessed are the famous, for they shall be followed on Facebook.
But The Beatitudes, as we know them, are found in Matthew 5:3-12.
• Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
• Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
• Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the earth.